Dhadak, directed by Shashank Khaitan and produced by Karan Johar, is the Hindi remake Nagraj Manjule's critically acclaimed Sairat. The movie stars Ishaan Khatter and Jahnvi Kapoor in the lead roles. How does the film fare? Read ahead to know:
The story of the movie is simple. A boy and a girl fall in love. The girl hails from an upper-class family and the boy is from the lower class. They both fall in love, but the girl's family gets to know about this. So they elope to another city and their lives from then on, forms the crux of the story.
There are a lot of Bollywood-ish moments in the first half. For instance, the boy looks at the girl, the camera slowly pans towards the girl, romantic music plays in the background and they fall in love. We do not get to see how they fall in love and hence, romantic portions create a lot of lag. There are a lot of cute moments here and there and yet it is unconvincing.
Once the parents get to know about the relationship, the lead pair decides to elope and that forms the base for the second half. Things get more intriguing from that point. There is a suspense element of what is going to happen next, but after a lot of dull moments, the suspense dies. Sairat worked well because of the socio-political factors and the essence of the region in the love story. The film is supposed to revolve around the conflict between the two classes of the society, but we don't get to see much of it and that is the problem with Dhadak.
Ishaan Khatter's performance as Madhukar is terrific. He gets under the skin of the character quite comfortably. On the other hand, Jahnvi Kapoor as Parthavi could have been better. She does have her own moments in the film, but in a lot of scenes, especially the climax, her acting spoils the party. A lot has to be said about Vishnu Rao's cinematography. The framing and colours used become the film's savior. John Stewart Eduri's background score is also noteworthy. It blends with the film very well and does not seek attention. It made a lot of sense to mute the final portions of the film, which worked very well.
Dhadak means heartbeat. The movie, on the whole, required a CPR from the cinematographer and the music director at regular intervals, in order to get the heartbeat ticking again. Nevertheless, the movie can be enjoyed for the first time despite its flaws and could work well among the youth.